Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Matter of Priorities by Jon Keys

After being disowned by his family, Cooper judged his self-worth by his latest hook-up. But circumstances change as he learns about true love.

Cooper Dias is a better-than-average college student with a major in architecture and a love of dogs. But while he plays the role of campus playboy, he believes no one would care enough to worry about him—except his best friend Liam. His expectations are simple—searching for the latest hook-up. His newest obsession is his professor, Lucas Nyman, who has asked Cooper to work as part of the team for an out-of-class project, which he eagerly accepts.

At a celebratory evening at Professor Nyman’s home, Cooper is invited to fulfill his latest fantasy—a ménage à trois with the professor and his husband. But the fun turns into something much weightier when pillow talk turns into friendly advice from the pair whose bed Cooper has shared. After a close call that leaves Cooper shaken and a confession from Liam, Cooper begins to realize that life is not as he thought.

Reader Advisory: This book contains a ménage-à-trois scene.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I need to preface this review by stating that I don't believe I was the intended audience for this short story/novella. However, not because I am a size-queen when it comes to page count. I love a well-written novella, probably more than most people, enjoying a full story in so few pages. I believe the writing style isn't to my tastes, needing more depth. As shocking as it is to say, more detail (something those who read my reviews will be floored to see me say).

The blurb doesn't accurately portray the contents of the story. While this is most certainly an erotic short, there is a slight thread of romance, and it's not with the professor. To me, it felt as if the professor was just a blip in a story about a pair of best friends/roommates, waiting for the narrator to grow up.

The blurb also speaks of Cooper's past and a 'close call,' but those events of true substance were just sentences thrown in randomly during dialogue and inner monologue, never truly utilizing them. The 'close call,' I wasn't sure if that was even executed properly, or with accurate research. With both of these 'events,' there was a lot for the author to build on, and it was just left dangling, never more than a paragraph dedicated to it at a time.

As I said above, I'm generally the person who uses my imagination, never needing B and C to get from A to D. But this felt as if it was more along the lines of A to Q, and that is too far of a bridge for me to gap with my imagination alone. This story has a rapid flow, skipping most of the depth, character building, and only detailing erotic scenes. Without the tension, buildup, or emotion, those scenes took on a clinical air for me, especially with the ménage scene, as it felt out of place and was over in so few pages. Just a blip in the short story.

This story wasn't for me, not to my tastes, not my cup of tea, and I don't consider that a mark against the author. We just aren't a good fit. However, if you're reader who wants a quick, naughty romp of a story, not wishing to read anything but spank-bank material, I'd definitely recommend this title to you.

Jon Keys’ earliest memories revolve around books; with the first ones he can recall reading himself being “The Warlord of Mars” and anything with Tarzan. (The local library wasn’t particularly up to date.) But as puberty set in, he started sneaking his mother’s romance magazines and added the world of romance and erotica to his mix of science fiction, fantasy, Native American, westerns and comic books.

A voracious reader for almost half a century, Jon has only recently begun creating his own flights of fiction for the entertainment of others. Born in the Southwest and now living in the Midwest, Jon has worked as a ranch hand, teacher, computer tech, roughneck, designer, retail clerk, welder, artist, and, yes, pool boy; with interests ranging from kayaking and hunting to painting and cooking, he draws from a wide range of life experiences to create written works that draw the reader in and wrap them in a good story.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Matter of Priorities by Jon Keys to read and review.

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